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Bass Pale Ale - Bass Brewers Limited

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Bass Pale AleBass Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,239 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 22
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bass Brewers Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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Photo of alexskovan
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear amber with a fine-grained white head that dropped to a half-inch and stayed. Medium lacing. Smell is very faint; biscuity malt and a hint of hops. Taste is crisp and clean, light for a pale ale (especialy compared to some of the American micro PAs on the market today) not a lot of hops, but the chalky quality of the Burton-On-Trent water is very noticable and -- to my palate anyway -- round and pleasing.

alexskovan, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of beeragent
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This, IMO, seems like the bud light of pale ales. Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is weak, but what is detectable, is a nice citrus aroma. The taste is very light, having little hop flavor, and an equal amount of malts. Does not have the hoppy flavor that I expect from a pale ale. The mouthfeel is also a little thin. Overall, its not a bad beer, just not the one that I would turn to, when I want an English Pale Ale. However, I do love this with Guinness in a black & tan.

beeragent, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap at an Irish Pub in San Antonio.

Pour is a nice looking amber, red look that has a decent amount of head. Not a lot lacing, but not bad.

Smell is mostly apple fuit flavors.

Taste of this beer is dominated by a very sour apple flavor that is way too much. Only a slight sweetness makes its way through and there is very little at that. Hardly any hop bitterness either, as some could be used to balance everything out.

I wasn't impressed with this beer at all. To be blunt, apple sourness is what dominated my palatte the whole time. Had a hard time even finishing the pint. Next time I go to an Irish Pub, I won't be ordering this again.

AustinBeerLvr, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third entry of six in the Euro Invitation is Bass Pale Ale. Pulled out of the fridge, allowed time to warm up, and poured into a pint glass, on to the beer:

Bass pours an orangish amber with a decent head. Buttery flavors dominate for the smell and taste, but one also gets a hint of caramel, toast, and nutty flavors. Throw in a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and you have yourself the new leader of the Euro Invitation, beating out Pilsner Urquell for the early honor.

Three down, and three to go. Next up, Guinness Draught.

DoubleJ, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Phocion
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at a local Irish pub, served in a 20 oz. Smithwick's tulip. Poured a dark golden/amber with a thin head that quickly disappeared into a light crown. Minimal lacing around the glass.

Nose is buttery and biscuity, with a slight metallic twang. Very weak and simple, but not unpleasant.

Didn't taste quite as good as I remember out of the bottle. Butter and biscuit malts along with a very dry, burnt maltiness. Subtle hints of apple as well, and no detectable hops.

Thin, watery, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but good carbonation. Drinkability is decent and this is a decent session beer, though last night after three pints I had to switch to Smithwick's.

Phocion, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of peabody
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out like weak Ice Tea. Nice one finger of off-white suds. Some lacing here.
Some alcohol but mostly yeast and hops hit the nose.Mabey some caramel.
Taste is a little watery. It does have some hops because it leaves the mouth a bit dry.
Caramel and yeast are the strongest flavors but even they are there in the slightest amounts.
Bass might have a better brew but the Pale Ale is not one of them.

peabody, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of umustdrink
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a quarter inch head and fades to an eighth. Reddish brownish hue. Very little lace around the top of the glass.

S - Mostly molasses

T - Bitter caramel and other burnt sugar tones.

M - Slightly crisp but fades after a while

D - Easy to drink. I would have this one again.

umustdrink, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear orange color with a huge fizzy head and laced quite a bit. Picked up very little on the nose of this one, maybe some malts? Taste was a bit fruitier then I remebered, tasted fresh. Very carbonated.Overall this is decent, not a favorite but decent.

mikesgroove, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites of the more readily available pale ales, this one pours a nice copper, with a good light head. A bit of a grassy scent and malt. A distinctly bready flavor that finishes a bit bitter clean finish. It's smooth and easy to drink, and is often followed by another one!

zuggy9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours amber with little head retention. for some reason i don't smell a thing when this beer is poured. the taste is slightly buttery with hints of caramel but the texture is slightly thin. very drinkable though.not as much flavor as i would have hoped for but all in all pretty good. as an irish american, my praise can somewhat be light for a british beer but i have to give them their due, good job with the bass.

scarletfire79, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember thinking this beer exotic when I was a macro drinker — something I tried to keep in mind as I sat down to review it. I didn't want to be unfairly dismissive just because I've moved on to other things.

Alas, even with an open mind, I didn't find a lot to get excited about. It poured a copper colour with a thin, creamy head and plenty of bubbles racing to the top. The smell was grassy hops and some caramel malt. There was a slight roasted aroma to the malt, but not much.

The taste was dominated by buttery, caramel malt, followed by an abrupt metallic twang. It felt thin and watery on the palate and overall didn't make much of a lasting impression.

vanrassel, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of SMark
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber/copper color with slight head. Head dissipated leaving a nice lace which really showed as beer was consumed.

Didn't get much from the first pint and second was only a little better with a whiff of malt but not much else.

Thought the first might have been a little 'off' as the second was tastier and provided more maltiness.

Again, not a lot here but still better than tongue numbing lagers served at 35 degrees.

Overall, slightly above average and worth the $2/pint special price.

SMark, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden rust color, 1 finger head that left some lacing, head dissipated quickly. The smell was of caramel malts, the taste was the same with a slight metalic hop bitterness. Nice carbonation, with a slightly watery mouthfeel, finishes dry but not bitter. This ale goes down easy and I could drink many of these. I actually bought these as an offset to some heavier beers. So far 2 out of the 5 in the 6'r were dead flat. Lets hope the other is not flat.

Gmann, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color with a large, frothy head from a hard pour, great retention and lacing.

S: Yeasty and wheaty smell, yet somewhat clean and alcoholic also. Hop scent vaguely present.

T: Kind of watery over the palate, little bit of bitterness with weak malt flavor. Slight hint of sweet fruit, but not a very pleasing or worthwhile trait.

M: Smooth and crisp, decent carbonation that was adequate on the palate, but left much to be desired.

D: The flavor is decent enough to go for more, as nothing truly stands out in this beer. Still, better than many other widely available selections, so it'd bed easier and tastier than others.

CharlieMopps, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce tall-boy. Lightly amberish-red in color, a dissapointing white head. Butery hops, some caramel toffee notes and tender malts noticed on the nose. Medium bodied with the true to quality offerings found in the style--bitter and creamy hops, combined with a light caramel malt backbone. Fails to develop the creaminess that would be expected with an EPA. Simple enough, but that may be the issue here. Better offerings can be found.

GeoffRizzo, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of maddogruss
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A light amber color with a thick white head that has decent retention. Nice, malty smell typical of an EPA. Backed up with a malty taste yet there was a slight bitterness as well. Nice mouthfeel typical of an EPA. Rather drinkable ber although the bitterness would wind up gettign to me after a few. But, overall rather enjoyable and comforting.

maddogruss, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 U.S. fl. oz. bottle

Poured a clear, dark, reddish amber with a tiny white head that quickly faded to a ring of lace. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell was malty, sweet and fruity with a touch of hops in the background.

The taste started somewhat malty, sweet and fruity as well but soon turned oaky and dry. The dryness crescendoed as the beer moved to the back of the palate and the hops kicked in. Extremely dry finish (the beer left my tongue feeling like sandpaper).

Medium bodied.

This is a straight forward, easy-drinking beer that could be quite sessionable were it not for the intense dryness. Definitely a good default beer when not at a beer bar.

Damian, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "Bass Pub Pour" can into a pint glass. Pours a copperish amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is extremely faint malt and just a touch of caramel. Taste begins malty with not much going on in the middle. Finally the bitterness from the hops sneak in at the end with a metallic twang in there as well. Overall, this just is not a very good beer in a can and is not exactly going to make my grocery list anytime soon.

cjgator3, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz, cryptic code on the back label, L6242SY 04:59… useless to me and 99.9% of people buying the product..
Pours a clear golden color with a thin head of off white bubbles. Aroma is light, but somewhat roasty and earthy hops. Taste brings out the earthy hops and light malt backbone. Light bitter aftertaste. Easy drinking, nothing crazy. Solid session beer, nothing more.

sacfly, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a "Bass Pub Pour" can a dark copper with a very nice white head and good lacing.

Smell is sweet. There is some caramel and a sweet hawaiian bread like smell. Also a little bit apple in the nose as well.

Taste is also pretty sweet similar to the smell with the caramel, bread, and fruit. There is also some buttery diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little slick.

Overall an easy drinking English Pale Ale. Pretty decent brew.

hckyfn9999, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Much sweeter than I expected. Had a one-inch head that dissapated quickly. Was drinkable, but not great. Fairly one-dimentional. Smell was a bit stale and yeasty, but it tasted better. Could taste a woody, almost oak-like flavor, as well as some fruit and sugar. One that I would have again, but certainly not a favorite.

alysmith4, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the common generally available 'bitter' beer on hand pull in many pubs in my home town area in UK. Unfortunately since Coors took over the Bass Brewery some years ago, the beer has changed its character somewhat to how it tasted 10 years ago. It can also be very variable in quality, and I am not sure if this is due to the way it is kept by the pub staff, or the fault of the brewery. When in good condition (and the best way to have it is straight from the barrel by gravity feed and no head, though thats rare to see!) it is a medium dark colour (for a 'pale' ale) rich and inviting, with a more maltly aroma, but also a bit sulphury from the "burton water" that characterises this style and origin of the beer. The taste is smooth and malty, the hoppy bitterness well in the background, also hints of spicyness. Over the last few years it seems to be less flavourful, the general malty smooth taste can remain, but less depth of flavour and character, and sometimes a bit sour and appears to be 'off" In recent tastings of the beer, on more than one occasion we have had to take the beer back because it was obviously going off. This is a great shame, as it was a great traditional British Beer with lots of character and easy to drink. I have rated it disregarding the 'off' samples had recently.

JohnW
B'ham UK

JohnW, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Talkin' 'bout Bass.

Pours a medium copper with a rocky yet frothy head and raised lacing patterns. Head peters out all too soon. There are some aromas characteristic of English pales like the toasty malt, noble hops and slight diacetyl, but this is cut short by a sharp metallic twinge. Starts off real nice in the flavor catagory with pleasant malt, hop, and diacetyl flavors all rushing into my mouth, but then comes this awful yeast flavor that reminds me of a mix of not-yet-ready homebrew and baker's yeast. All other positive flavors seem to wash out quickly, yet the yeast still remains. Oh, and there was that metallic thing in the finish as well. Starts out nice, then gets really gross. Amount of carbonation in this is just fine by me. Nice and mellow, just how I like my English pales. However, the body is too thin and watery. The weird astringent yeast character and watery body just don't add up to a good drinker. With all the pales out there that are cheaper and taste a whole hell of a lot better, there's no reason for me to ever buy this ever again.

goochpunch, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Briarbush
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall I thought this beer was pretty average. The color was amber with a small head. The aroma was almost nonexistent with only a faint smell of hops. Taste was full bodied but there was a slightly sour after taste that I could hardly bear (might have been a bad keg). The mouthfeel was pretty good the carbonation was spot on. Drinkability was pretty good with the exception of the after taste. I'm going to give this one another try.

Briarbush, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale is an easy to get down sessionable ale. Not very complex. I detected some caramel malts and brown sugar. Very balanced. Easy to drink and quaffable. Very crisp, very refreshing. No frills pale ale. give it a try if nothing else is readily available.

jasonjlewis, Oct 15, 2006
Bass Pale Ale from Bass Brewers Limited
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